According to a new poll conducted, 70 percent of American voters aren’t in favor of people suing gun manufacturers and retailers.
Seven in 10 American voters are against crime victims suing gun manufacturers and retailers for firearms they made or sold lawfully being sued for illegal gun crimes, according to a new poll released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).
1,000 registered voters were polled by Harper Polling throughout mid-April. The poll was released on April 25, 2016.
The poll also found that voters from all across the political spectrum and various geographical regions, in turn, back the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), citing presidential Hillary Clinton’s support of crime victims suing gun manufacturers and retailers for illegal, heinous crimes they had no direct involvement in. About 72 percent of respondents supported the PLCAA, while 26 percent of respondents opposed it and four percent of those polled were unsure.
The PLCAA was passed in 2005 to “prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.”
Moreover, it was passed to “preserve a citizen’s access to a supply of firearms and ammunition for all lawful purposes, including hunting, self-defense, collecting, and competitive or recreational shooting.”
The NSSF was formed in 1961 and is the largest trade association for the firearms industry. It aims to “promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.”
This poll comes after a Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis ruled Sandy Hook victims families could proceed with a lawsuit going after gun manufacturer Remington Arms for having an indirect hand in this atrocious attack. They cite Sandy Hook murderer Adam Lanza’s use of a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle as the basis of their lawsuit.
If Sandy Hook victims and their families succeed with suing gun manufacturers, this sets a bad precedent. Instead of blaming firearms for the crimes of bad people, these individuals should pursuing and work towards eradicating illegal crimes–not law-abiding gun companies.